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Our bodies are amazing machines! You do have control over the quality of life you have. Even after years of unhealthy habits, we can make small changes to become healthier, It’s never too late to start! Even if you adopt one new change a week, these ideas can help you move toward a healthier lifestyle, lower your risk of disease, and make you feel terrific!

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen1 have given some recommendations on improving your health and making lifestyle changes that are manageable, and that is the key word for most of us; manageability!

    *  They suggest most importantly that you learn to make YOU-turns. When you don’t meet your goals for exercise or diet, forgive yourself and get back on track!

    * Recruit a buddy to walk, swim, or work out with. Call one another and learn to motivate yourself and your friend.

    * Aim lower: Know your blood pressure numbers and work to get them to 115/75. Sometimes very simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress relief can help you achieve this goal. Did you know massage therapy has been proven to relieve stress and help you lower your BP numbers?2 What a great way to lower your numbers and relax as well!3

    * Food choices are not Let’s Make a Deal! Choose foods that are known to be cancer-fighting like broccoli, walnuts, and whole grains. Add foods like coffee,turmeric, and blueberries; All brain foods to keep you at your optimum best. Instead of grabbing some chips for a snack, eat a few blueberries, a few nuts or sunflower seeds. Once you establish the habit, you won’t miss the junk food at all and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are feeding and fueling your body for health.

    * No BPA’s! These are the chemicals in plastics that are especially dangerous when foods or drinks are heated in plastic containers. Most of us know this but habit and being in a hurry will sometimes cause us to pop plastic containers in the microwave without thinking. Replace your plastic with glass, it’s actually easier to wash and much healthier. Another tip for those who keep gas station receipts. Did you know they contain a huge amount of BPA’s? Pay with a gas or credit card and print out your receipts for tax purposes.

    * Air out your home! Trapped toxins from all that extra insulation needs an air out, so open your windows and doors occasionally

    * Take your shoes off at the door! Pesticides and bacteria from parking lots and lawns can be tracked into your home where children and pets are directly exposed.

    * HEPA filters for your A/C unit, replaced at least four times a year, and cleaning your ducts every three years. Local A/C repairman Greg Rossignol recommends more often if you live in a coastal climate, as well as putting a coat of car wax on the exposed metal housing on the exterior of your a/c unit, to protect metal in corrosive coastal environments.4

    * Wash produce carefully. Check out the list of ten vegetables and fruits you should always try to buy organic, [Link Removed] 5

Simple steps for a simpler life. Things each of us can do to improve the quality of life for ourselves and those around us!

May 2010 Shelli Rossignol LMT/CR

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